Filmpopper Review: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Published by Colin in: Features,Reviews -- Date: 19 May 2011 Comments: 0


The swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns for the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series.  He is joined by the ferocious Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) and the mysterious Angelica (Penelope Cruz) in their quest for the unreachable Fountain Of Youth.  Along their way they encounter the famous Black Beard, Zombies, and Mermaids.

I usually like to start my reviews with a likes and dislikes section, unfortunately there were not a whole lot of things to like about this movie.  I liked Johnny Depp… that’s about it.

To say the movie was boring would be doing it justice.  I was extremely bored the entire time I was watching it.  The action scenes were dull and too few with exception to the mermaid battle.  The storyline appeared to have been thrown together almost as an after thought to the actual making of the movie. The biggest example of this being the awkward love story between a missionary and a mermaid. And there was a part near the middle of the movie where I can honestly say nothing happened for thirty minutes.  For me to be able to go on about how bored I was is a bit sad considering this is actually the shortest movie in the franchise.

As before mentioned, Johnny Depp as always does an amazing job as Captain Jack Sparrow and does bring quite a bit of humor to this dull endeavor.  Also oddly enough, I didn’t hate Penelope Cruz as much as I thought I would, which is the only real good surprise to come from the movie.  The music  was good, though it was clear that it was mainly just recycled and reused tracks from the first three films.

I really wanted to like this movie because of how much I truly loved the first Pirates of the Caribbean, but I just couldn’t.  I find it hard for me to even be able to recommend you go see it.  For all it’s flaws and effort I give Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, a C-.


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